Rivera del Rio Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Daily breakfast and welcome margaritas are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Every spacious suite contains a living area and kitchenette
- Individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland: One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools
- The eight-room boutique property has a glam past: Raquel Welch stayed here, and Vogue and Italian Elle have used the property as a photo shoot location
What To Know
- Free WiFi and calls to the U.S.
- Legendary “Silver” Maria Cortez designed the property; it's recently received a facelift from her grandson, Alexander
- The apartments are nestled back along the Rio Cuale, away from the chaos of Puerto Vallarta’s tourist zone
- Many of the suites have room for up to five people, perfect for groups or family reunions
- Each guestroom has its own unique layout; specific rooms are not guaranteed
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Picture yourself in a photo shoot at this all-villa boutique resort in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town. The four-room, four-suite property has hosted such Hollywood celebs as Raquel Welch and served as the backdrop for spreads in Vogue and Italian Elle. It’s easy to see why: The individually decorated residences are like something from Alice in Wonderland. In the Green Room you’ll find pastel cherubs painted on the walls, a giant brass chandelier and a deep green soaking tub in the black marble bathroom. The two-story Candelaria suite skews pink, with a black-and-rose checkerboard floor, pink-and-turquoise satin linens and an ornate trompe l’oeil headboard with (real) candelabras on either side of the bed. And in the Carlotta suite, a huge Venetian crystal chandelier hangs above a cherrywood dining table, and twinkling wall lights bounce off the room’s handmade mosaic flooring (don’t worry, the lights have a dimmer). One thing all the rooms have in common: pillowtop mattresses, deep leopard-claw soaking tubs and access to outdoor pools.
In the Area
Rivera del Rio’s prime location in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, just south of Rio Cuale, makes it easy to get around this bustling beach town. Wander down to Playa los Muertos, Vallarta’s most popular beach, for a day of sunbathing and beach bar hopping in this quaint, cobblestoned neighborhood; city ordinances mandate the district’s white buildings and red tile roofs, and they prohibit neon signs. Or venture north of the river to explore the renowned Malecon and the picturesque Gringo Gulch neighborhood; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton reportedly began their affair there while filming The Night of the Iguana in 1963. To get away from the touristy zone, take a 45-minute water taxi ride to Yelapa, a no-car island village with only 1,500 residents, many of them hippies and artists. Water sports aplenty are on offer, but no one would blame you for spending the day on the beach, feasting on fresh coconut slices and chocolate pie sold by vendors on the beach.
How to Get There
Rivera del Rio is the hidden gem of Puerto Vallarta!! My friends and I couldn't get a room at our favorite hotel in PV so we stopped in for a visit and amazing margaritas. If you stop by you won't want to leave.
Loved the terrace and peaceful settig. Close to river and staff was extremely friendly. Breakfasts wonderful. Interesting decor. It is a bit far from town but taxis readily available . We will be back for sure.
This is a hidden gem! It has a great location, walking distance to everything you need. Safe residential area. Utterly charming boutique style rooms. The service is outstanding each staff member was wonderful, helpful and super friendly. Rooms are completely unique with funky decor. Clean, with all amenities you require. Stayed in the Geen room, comfy bed, cool layout and spacious room. Windows open for breeze or use AC. Pool, hot tub and outside deck areas are also laid out in a unusual way with access to honour bar, towels etc. If you are physically challenged not a good choice due to winding stairs throughout property. Pool and hot tub could use a little work and were a tad cool. Overall tho this is the spot for travelers seeking a warm welcome into an unusual little bohemian hotel. Cannot beat the staff, value (delish breakfast included) and accommodations. Shout out to front desk staff for personalized service and attention to detail. Thank you Grant and Joel especially!
The hotel and staff were exquisite from arrival to departure! My only regret was not being able to stay longer. Grant was a most gracious host, greeting me with a giant smile, a margarita, and guacamole, then proceeding to give me a full itinerary of things to do in town. Honestly though, I could have just spent the entire time in the hotel. The rooftop pool overlooks the sleepy town, and the views are just incredible. My suite, the Cortez, was lavish but comfortable and felt like I was transported in time. The breakfast was filling and delicious, served by friendly wait staff. And the area itself is safe and easily navigable, not to mention pretty! I can't speak enough praises about this hotel, it's a real gem. I'll be back soon!
Overall I would recommend staying here if you're looking for a truly "local" B&B experience versus one of the bigger beachfront properties.
Everyone on the staff was extremely hospitable and welcoming from beginning to end.
A few things that kept us from a 5-star review.. While the building itself is historical and had very interesting architecture, we booked the Scarlet Room which I personally didn't care for (it was the last room left).
Although we did enjoy the 'charm' of the room and decor, as well as the nice big balcony (which was great for breakfast every morning), the bathroom was very small and narrow and rather difficult to make use of (no actual door either, just a screen to pull over to cover the view from the rest of the room). The TV is placed in corner of the room to where it can only be watched if you're lying in the bed (likely their only option due due to the shape/layout of the room?).
The nearby properties were playing loud music fairly late both nights of our stay and we could hear roosters and dogs off in the distance most of the time as well (we realize that none of this is within the the owners control of course so they can't be faulted for that)
Although it wasn't a problem for us, there are many narrow stairways that you need to use in order to get around the hotel, which might be an issue for some people.
Very nice hot tub area on the roof with a nice view of the mountainside and sunset.
All of the other rooms that we could see into looked much bigger/nicer/more private (not sure how they were priced) so I would just recommend another room besides the Scarlet Room, that might not be quite right for everyone.